Praying for Self-Control, Diligence, and Self-Discipline
No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful.
Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness
and peace for those who have been trained by it.
- Hebrews 12:11
Consider the following warnings from the book of Proverbs:
* "Like a city whose walls are broken down is a man who lacks self-control."
* "He who guards his lips guards his life, but he who speaks rashly will come to ruin."
* "The sluggard craves and gets nothing, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied."
* "The evil deeds of a wicked man ensnare him; the cords of his sin hold him fast. He will die for lack of discipline, led astray by his own great folly."
By contrast, the future looks bright for children who learn to exercise self-discipline, diligence, and self-control. Proverbs 10:4 says, "Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth." Hebrews 12:11 promises that discipline will produce "A harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained in it." And 2 Peter 1:5-8 links attributes like self-control and perseverance to effective, productive Christianity.
Which do you want for your kids: Poverty, dissatisfaction and unrest... or wealth, righteousness and peace? Brokenness, ruin and death... or effective, productive living? If you picked the latter traits, then character traits like diligence and self-control are not optional in your childrens lives. They are mandatory assets without which genuine happiness, contentment and satisfaction become impossible to attain.
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